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Vol. 18 - Num. 69

Brief Reports

Complementary feeding: what, when and how

Enrique La Orden Izquierdoa, M.ª Carmen Segoviano Lorenzob, Cristina Verges Perníac

aUnidad de Gastroenterología y Nutrición. Servicio de Pediatría. Hospital Infanta Elena. Valdemoro. Madrid. España.
bUnidad de Gastroenterología y Nutrición Infantil. Servicio de Pediatría. Hospital Infanta Elena. Valdemoro. Madrid. España.
cEnfermera. Servicio de Pediatría. Hospital Universitario de Getafe. Madrid. España.

Correspondence: E La Orden. E-mail:

Reference of this article: La Orden Izquierdo E, Segoviano Lorenzo MC, Verges Pernía C. Complementary feeding: what, when and how. Rev Pediatr Aten Primaria. 2016;69:e31-e35.

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The recommendations of introduction of complementary feeding have varied in parallel with the increasing incidence of celiac disease, food allergies and intolerances and childhood obesity basis of many chronic diseases in adults. There is controversy about when is the right time to start, what kind of food is the best and what is the way to introduce these foods to infants to improve eating behaviour. There are not specific guidelines for risk populations such as infants at high-risk of allergy or premature. The baby-led weaning has been proposed as a relaxing way to incorporate the infant to family feeding patterns. Current evidence supports the answer to all these questions lies in the degree of maturity and specific needs of each infant, however, the controversy is served.


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